Online magazine BrainGain - guide on studying abroad

Last Updated: Thu, Nov 11, 2010 13:30 hrs

New Delhi, Nov 11 (IANS) For the thousands of students keen to study abroad but who don't know where to get the requisite information, here is a lifeline. An interactive online magazine, BrainGain, has been launched for students in South Asia providing information on fields of study, admission process, financial aid and visa regulations.

The online magazine was launched Wednesday evening, at a time when the US-India Business Council (USIBC) Higher Education Summit is being held in the capital.

'BrainGain magazine would cater to the needs of students who are willing to study abroad. Many of the Indian students miss on the opportunity to travel abroad for higher education because there is nobody to guide them,' Harjiv Singh, entrepreneur and founder-CEO of BrainGain, told IANS.

'I feel India has enormous number of young people who can bring in the change. If this strata gets better access to higher education options of their choice, they can set perfect examples of development for the upcoming generations also,' said Jerry M. Hultin, president of NYU-Poly, also former under secretary of the US Navy.

The magazine will provide information on regular streams of study, such as engineering, MBA and medicine, and also on specialized courses such as oceanography, astrophysics, script writing and film making, Singh said.

'BrainGain promises to be a definitive source of information for anyone interested in exploring and learning about educational opportunities outside South Asia. It provides information on student experiences and studying in universities around the world,' said Singh.

According to UNESCO Institute for Statistics (USIC) 2009 report, nearly three million students are pursuing studies outside of their country of origin.

Foreign student enrolment in the United States alone has reached a record high of more than 671,000.

'This magazine would emerge as a credible source of information. When it comes to making decisions on career, students often miss out because of wrong information,' Uttara Choudhury, editor of the magazine, told IANS.

'We would make sure the content comes easy to students who want to explore study-options abroad,' Choudhury added.